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Virgil Griffith

Virgil GriffithAKA David Griffith

Born: 6-Mar-1983
Birthplace: Birmingham, AL

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Computer Programmer, Scientist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Author of WikiScanner

Disruptive technologist Virgil Griffith is a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, and is the creator of WikiScanner, a program that connects anonymous edits in Wikipedia to the networks they originated from. After its release in 2007 WikiScanner exposed several major corporations and political entities that were anonymously white-washing their Wikipedia pages. In 2003, Griffith and another researcher, Billy Hoffman, were served with a lawsuit by Blackboard Inc. over a talk that was to be given at the Interz0ne2 conference. The pair had discovered serious security flaws in the technology used in Blackboard's campus ID card system, rendering it useless for its intended purpose.

Father: Robert (medical doctor)
Mother: Susan (medical doctor)
Sister: Joy (younger)

    High School: Alabama School of Math and Science, Mobile, AL (2002)
    University: University of Alabama (2002-03)
    University: Indiana University (2004-07)
    University: BA Cognitive and Computer Science, University of Alabama (2007)
    University: PhD Computation and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology (2013)
    Scholar: Santa Fe Institute

    Risk Factors: Stuttering, Yoga, Arachnophobia

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